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Post by DarloKev on 24/3/2012, 23:02

After a visit to durham discus i've decided to redo my 4 footer for my discus, but i was wondering what i could put in with them to keep the tank a bit cleaner. Have currently got otocinclus, sterbai corydoras, and super red bristlenoses and which, if any, can cope with the higher temperatures required for the discus? Am going to be having the tank at 30 degrees celsius.

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Post by blooper on 25/3/2012, 00:11

stebai corys and normal b/n did the job for me kev i also have clown loach to keep the pesky snails down and they did well with the temps

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Post by DarloKev on 25/3/2012, 12:44

I'm so glad someone said the corys and bn's thats what i was wanting to go in but wanted to double check before i started moving things about.

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 26/3/2012, 07:11

Yes, I have bn and sterbai in all my discus tanks. I also have some L270 chocolate zebra plecs in Sewell as they tolerate the higher temps well. So what lovelys did you pick up from Steve in Durham?
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Post by DarloKev on 26/3/2012, 10:58

Nothing yet but am getting a ro filter and hes giving me some tips for setting up the tank a bit better so am going to work on the tank first before i go get some fishys off him

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 26/3/2012, 15:06

Good to hear, you won't get any better advice on discus. As Steve says its all about good water and plenty of water changes.
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Post by DarloKev on 26/3/2012, 16:05

Quick question if i use hma and ro water to fill my tank do i still need to add the minerals to the ro water?

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 26/3/2012, 16:52

I only use HMa water so I'm not too sure. Is imagine if you are using 50/50 with to you won't need to re-mineralise. But in darlo you will probably be fine to just use HMa water as its quite soft like mine I believe.
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Post by DarloKev on 26/3/2012, 17:20

My waters quite hard coming out at a ph of 7.6 thats why i've opted for the ro unit.

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 26/3/2012, 18:38

Yes that's quite high. Mine comes out at 7 and drops to 6.8 after about a day. Best to ask Steve as he will advise well. Are you planning on buying young or adult fish?
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Post by DarloKev on 26/3/2012, 19:44

well he tested a sample of my tapwater for me and he said as it stands its ok a hma filter would suffice but if i wanted to breed them i would have to go for a ro unit to get the hardness and ph down so have gone for the ro unit but hes modifying it so it can produde hma water aswell so i can have ro and hma out the same unit.

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Post by blooper on 26/3/2012, 20:00

nice kev knew steve would aort u out

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